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Glass amphoriskos (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H.: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.329
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad, uneven, slightly inward-sloping rim-disk, with off-center mouth; cylindrical neck, with slight downward taper; almost horizontal shoulder; top-shaped body; circular base-knob with slanting flat bottom; two vertical strap handles applied to shoulder, drawn up, and pressed onto neck and underside of rim-disk.
A turquoise blue trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a thick yellow trail applied at base of neck, wound down in a spiral across shoulder and around top of body, then tooled into an uneven close-set zigzag pattern on upper part of body, where a turquoise blue trail is added, mingling with the yellow; below, a second, thicker turquoise blue trail also forms part of the zigzag pattern; a fine yellow trail wound horizontally two and a half times around middle of body; a turquoise blue trail applied carelessly around base-knob.
Intact; bubbles and gritty white impurities; some deep pitting and iridescent weathering, and one side covered in brown limy encrustation.
Said to be from Corinth (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. II, 7)

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 76 n. 3, 138, pl. 2.7, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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